Who Marries and When? Age at First Marriage in the United States: 2002

Who Marries and When? Age at First Marriage in the United States: 2002
By: Paula Goodwin, Brittany McGill, and Anjani Chandra
Source: NCHS Data Brief
Key findings:
Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth
+ Over 70% of men and women aged 25-44 have ever been married: 71% of men and 79% of women.
+ Non-Hispanic black men and women aged 25-44 have lower percentages who have ever been married than non-Hispanic white and Hispanic persons of the same age.
+ The probability that men will marry by age 40 is 81%; for women, it is 86%.
+A larger percentage of women than men aged 35-44 have married by age 35.
+ Smaller percentages of non-Hispanic black women aged 35-44 have married by age 35 than non-Hispanic white or Hispanic women of the same age range.
+ Smaller percentages of non-Hispanic black men aged 35-44 who are below the poverty line have been married by age 35 than non-Hispanic black men of the same age who are at least 200% above poverty.
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